In 2017, Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah begins at sundown on Oct. 11 and ends at sundown on Oct. 13. On Simchat Torah it is customary to eat foods that are rolled, just like the Torah. Try this recipe for crispy phyllo dough wrapped around a savory potato feta filling.Read More
BasicsShemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah 101
Brush up on the basics of Simchat Torah and Shemini Atzeret.Shemini Atzeret Development
Not quite Sukkot, not quite its own holiday.Development of Simchat Torah
A new identity for the second day of Shemini Atzeret.In the Community
Public and communal celebrations of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.Themes & Theology
God's way to retain closeness with the Jewish people for a little while longer.
Traditions & RitualsEvening Service
A time to dance with the Torah.Morning Service
Ending--and beginning--the Torah cycle.The Prayer for Rain
Connecting physical and spiritual needs.Torah Service
Special ceremonies for ending and beginning the Torah cycle.Attah Horeita
A prayer recited only on Simchat Torah.